With my baby butterfly due to make an appearance any day now I’ve started giving some serious thought not only to my travel destinations of 2017 but also my methods of returning to my pre-pregnant body. So I thought to myself, why not combine the two? The result… active holidays…! Norway is right at the top of my list because not only is it relatively close by, but I can also take a budget flight there from the UK and tick off another bucket-list item: Trolltunga.
I’m sure you’ve all seen the famous pictures, but many actually don’t know the name of this scenic spot. Trolltunga (The Troll’s Tongue Rock) is an amazing tourist destination which deserves a spot on any 10-places-to-visit-before-you-die list and can also be described as a natural must-see destination in any Norway guide. It is situated a couple of hours from Norway’s second largest city Bergen (where I would fly into) and the hiking outset in Skjeggedal is reachable by car, or by bus during the tourist season.
Trolltunga (Troll tongue) is essentially a piece of rock which juts out horizontally of a mountain about 700 metres above the north side of the lake Ringedalsvatnet in the municipality of Odda in Hordaland county. The cliff is east of the Skjeggedal area, about 10 kilometres east of the village of Tyssedal and the Sørfjorden. It is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway, all you have to do is look at the photographs online to see that! Trolltunga is situated about 1100 meters above sea level and the view is absolutely breathtaking!
So, for me, there are two main reasons that I am hoping to book a trip to Trolltunga this year. 1- The scenery is incredible. 2- The hiking is excellent post-baby exercise! You might remember back in 2015 I went through a ‘get fit for the wedding’ phase when I challenged myself to do a tough mudder race? Well, I look at this in much the same way- I need something to work towards and I need a challenge to help motivate me! And this certainly looks like a challenge…
I’ve done quite a bit of research into this and found that hiking Trolltunga is not for the faint hearted, so some training will be necessary given that I have done practically no exercise during the past 9 months! The hike starts in Skjeggedal and goes through the high mountains. It takes 10-12 hours (23 km in total to Trolltunga and return) and the ascent is about 900 meters. It appears to be a long and hard hike. The hike is usually possible to do from mid-June, depending on when the snow melts in the mountains and is safe until mid-September.
The questions is however… do we seek out a babysitter or do we take our newest family edition along for the ride? I came across this blog which inspires me with lots of confidence and it will also be an excellent excuse to put our new Ergobaby carrier to good use! So… to book or not to book? Watch this space!
Do you have any advice for travel-related exercise or hiking with a baby? I’d love to hear it- leave your comments below!